2010 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5 Inline-5 from North America


Basic car, fun to drive, does most things well


Windshield wiper broke, buzzing noise from 60-65 mph.

General Comments:

It’s a little peppy through 2nd and 3rd gear, slow if RPM is kept low. No issues with it yet, has very good turning radius, manual transmission shifts very nice, rides smooth, handles very well.

One minor annoyance is at 70 mph in top gear the RPM is 3000 so highway gas mileage is not the best. Overall though mine averages around 26 mpg.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th September, 2020

13th Sep 2020, 03:00

I know the pre-2010 2.5 was a bit sleepy (150 HP) despite short gearing, but I thought that the 2010-and-up 2.5 (170 HP) was speedier and cruised at a lower RPM. The 2010 Jetta SE I used to drive until cruised @ 1700 RPM/60 MPH. The prior Jetta I drove (2006) did 60 MPH @ 2200 RPM.

I think they used short gearing on the 150 HP engines to address their less energetic nature.

2010 Volkswagen Jetta Trendline 1.6 turbo diesel DSG 7 speed from Israel


Don't hesitate, buy one!


Gear change controller changed under warranty at 40K.

Loose door panel bolt.

The gear change can be a bit juddery from 1st to 2nd sometimes, so dealer said the clutch will be changed also under warranty.

General Comments:

Best car I ever owned! Perfect drive, precise VW handling and very economical on diesel. I do 80% motorway and 20% urban mix, and get at least 20km/ltr (or 56 imperial MPG), which is great for a saloon.

Automatic air-con version on this car is fiddly and unclear, with very small and similar buttons; something that doesn't add to driver safety.

Cruise control is excellent.

Huge trunk and incredibly more practical than a 5-door Golf. Can seat 5 people comfortably, including all their luggage and the kitchen sink!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st April, 2012

27th Sep 2016, 13:46

Problems with the VW DSG7 are very common. This is fine if the car is planned to be used in the warranty period only. However if it is bought for a longer period, this is going to be an issue, because repair costs of the clutch and mechatronic are huge.

This problem would also affect trade in prices. However the market has not reacted to this as much yet.

People driving in city conditions should avoid the DSG7.

2010 Volkswagen Jetta Limited Edition 2.5L 5 cylinder from North America


Safe, suave European design


Passenger front window came off its track when somebody slammed the door really hard with the window down. Dealer repaired it, but the window went up slower ever since. Also, when using one-touch up, sometimes that window would slow and then reverse, due to the increased resistance.

Occasionally, the car would refuse to start no matter how long you turned it over. Releasing the key and trying again would always cure the problem. Dealer could not replicate the problem.

Airbag light came on unexpectedly after a very hard stop (deer ran out in front of the vehicle, no impact). Light went out on its own, and never came back on.

Rear mudflap and lower side bumper panel became loose. Dealer fixed.

General Comments:

I bought this car new, and planned to keep it for a long time, but unfortunately I totaled the car. Icy roads caused me to not make it around a corner, resulting in the car hitting multiple trees, becoming airborne, and flipping down a 40' embankment. The car landed on its roof and was heavily damaged; I walked away without a scratch.

That being said, I really liked this car. The 5-cylinder engine had plenty of power; the handling was extremely precise. The brakes were smooth and strong; the ride quality was quite good for a small car.

The fuel economy was good, but not as good as I had hoped. My previous vehicle was a 2000 MKIV Jetta 2.0L manual, and this car returned better fuel economy than the MKV Jetta. Also, my current 2012 GTI gets considerably better economy than my Jetta did. Still, low to mid 20 MPG range was the norm in town, and 30+ MPG was possible on the highway. My best MPG was about 35 MPG. However, the Jetta runs on regular fuel, whereas the GTI does not.

The interior of the Jetta was very nice... good quality materials and good fit and finish. So much better than the MKVI Jetta that was introduced in 2011. I loved the small things that the Jetta offered... the little red LED mood lights in the roof, the one-touch up/down windows for all, the front footwell lights, the electric trunk and fuel door releases, the fact that virtually every switch was illuminated at night, including the overhead light switches! The cooled glovebox, the multi-position center armrest, and my favorite feature; the one-tap turn signals.

The truck is very large, and uses the articulating-strut type hinges, not the cheap goosenecks found on most cars (including the MKVI Jetta). The headliner and pillars is made from a nice woven material. The trunk and glovebox are nicely finished.

The audio system that came with the car was basic (single CD and basic display), but actually sounded quite good. I upgraded by installing VW's own Premium VIII color touchscreen unit, which comes with the excellent SD card reader option. The iPod integration that comes with the car is awful. Although it provides a nice spot for the iPod to sit in the center console, it does not charge the iPod, and the track controls are horrible.

I would recommend a MKV Jetta to anyone. The styling is excellent; the car looks and feels like the upscale car it is. I installed an AWE Tuning catback exhaust system to the vehicle which improved the sound, power, and actually helped fuel economy slightly. Most importantly, I can attest this is a very safe vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th February, 2012